Note: I write under the name R.B. Young.

Since 2009, I’ve published short stories in a number of literary journals. See the examples below. Also, in 2018, Vocamus Press published my story “Eudaimonia” as a chapbook. The previous year, 2017, the editors of the book Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction chose to include my short story “Paper Icon.”



Published as a chapbook. Guelph: Vocamus Press, 2018.

“Paper Icon”
Polish(ed): Poland Rooted in Canadian Fiction, edited by Kasia Jaronczyk and Malgozata Nowaczyk. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2017

“That’s Not Bhangra”
Ten Stories High, Vol. 17. St. Catherines, ON: Canadian Authors’ Association, 2017.
Other Voices, Vol. 23, No. 2. Edmonton, 2011.

Great Lakes Review, Issue 2. Chicago/Toronto: Spring 2013.

“Old Softie”
Postscripts to Darkness 2. Ottawa, 2012.



  • All in a Day, CBC Radio, 2012. Discussion on launch of Postscripts to Darkness anthology featured my short story “Old Softie.”



  • Honourable mention, Ten Stories High literary contest, Canadian Authors Association, Niagara Branch, 2017.
  • Top-10 Shortlist, gritLIT, Hamilton, Ontario, 2011.


Mentor/Editor. “It’s All Write,” teen short-story contest hosted by the Guelph Public Library and Vocamus Press, 2016–17.


Workshops and Writing Groups

  • Workshops at the Kingston WritersFest. 2019–2020.
  • Workshops with Toronto editor Brian Henry. 2013-16.
  • Guelph writing group focused on literary short stories. Monthly, 2010–12.
  • “Writing the Short Story,” one-week workshop with Alissa York, Summer Writing School, University of Toronto. 2009.

Academic Degrees

  • Master in Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, 1994.
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1988.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art), York University, Toronto, 1983.